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Dr Selen ErcanAssociate Professor


Address: Building 23, Level B University of Canberra Phone: + 61 (0) 2 6201 5774


Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance


Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra

Research Interests

Theory and practice of democracy, deliberative democracy, agonistic pluralism, identity politics, multiculturalism, social movements, alternative forms of political participation, and interpretive political research.

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Dr Selen Ercan is an Associate Professor of Politics at the Institute’s Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. Her work sits at the intersection of normative democratic theory and empirical political research, and examines a wide range of topics including the politics of inclusion/exclusion in multicultural societies, the prospects for public deliberation in the face of value conflicts and polarised public debates, and the potential of new forms of political participation and protest movements in reviving democratic practice.

Selen’s publications on these topics have appeared in various journals including International Political Science Review, Policy and Politics, Australian Journal of Political Science, Environmental Politics, Social Movement Studies, and Critical Policy Studies. Her article on deliberative democracy and interpretive research titled “Studying public deliberation after the systemic turn: The crucial role for interpretive research” won the Ken Young Journal Prize for the best paper published in Policy and Politics in 2017 (together with Carolyn Hendriks and John Boswell).

Selen’s current research examines the ways in which deliberative democracy can respond to the challenges facing contemporary democracies and inform the democratic reform initiatives. This research forms a part of her forthcoming book “Connected Democracy: Public Deliberation in Disconnected Times” (under contract with Oxford University Press, with Carolyn Hendriks and John Boswell). Selen is also one of the editors of the book Deliberative Systems in Theory and Practice (2018, Routledge, with Stephen Elstub and Ricardo Mendonca) and several journal special issues including The Sites of Deliberative Democracy (2015, Policy Studies, with John Dryzek) and The Crisis of Democracy: Which Crisis? Which Democracy? (2014, Democratic Theory, with Jean-Paul Gagnon).

Selen holds a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from Middle East Technical University (Turkey), a MA in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Heidelberg (Germany), and a PhD in Political Science from the Australian National University. She has held research positions at the University of Mannheim (MZES), Australian National University; as well as visiting research and teaching positions in the political science programs of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil, 2014), Nagoya University (Japan, 2015) and Stuttgart University (Germany, 2017).



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Research Projects & Grants
Postgraduate Research Supervision

Areas of Supervision

I welcome research proposals in the fields of Political Science/Political Sociology focusing on various aspects and practices of democracy, deliberative democracy, identity politics, multiculturalism/immigration,  new forms of citizen engagement and protest movements.

Current Postgraduate Supervision

  • Primary supervisor, Jane Alver, PhD project: Regional Sisterhood? Exploring the spaces of talk and action towards gender equality in the Pacific region, University of Canberra.

  • Primary supervisor, Maata Feao, MPA project: The Pacific Labour Scheme: Promises and perils of temporary migration from the Pacific countries to Australia, University of Canberra. 

Completed PhD Projects

  • 2018. Secondary supervisor, Kei Nishiyama, Children in deliberative democracy, University of Canberra. 

  • 2018. Third supervisor, Thaneshwar Bhusal, The democratising potential of democratic innovations in the context of municipal governance in Nepal, University of Canberra.

  • 2017. Secondary supervisor, Samuel A. Antero, The practice of citizen-centric governance in Brazil, University of Canberra.

  • 2017. Third supervisor, Catherine Clutton, Cultural competence in health related public policy deliberations: Engaging with immigrants in Australia and Canada, Australia National University.

  • 2016. Secondary supervisor, Emma Vines, Containing English nationalism: The British political tradition and elite responses to the “English question”, University of Canberra.  

  • 2015. Secondary supervisor, Cletius Puteho, Critical assessment of Australian settlement reception: The case of African humanitarian refugee entrants in Australia, University of Canberra.


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